Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • April 19, 2021

    April 19, 2021

    What is cultural sensitivity and how can we forge spaces to uplift and centre the voices, experiences, and expertise of racialized communities? That’s one of the questions that was posed during CERi’s third webinar of the Remaking the Table series which focused on an exploration of how we can strive to cultivate a collective toolkit for culturally sensitive community engaged research.

  • April 13, 2021

    April 13, 2021

    This blog is authored by Stefanie Machado, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences and a participant of CERi's Community-Engaged Research Funding Program, and Elmira Tayyar, an MPH candidate in the FHS at SFU, and the Assistant Project Coordinator of IRIS.

  • April 08, 2021

    April 08, 2021

    Food insecurity is a multifaceted issue affecting Canadian households and communities across the Nation. One community has been taking steps to change that.

  • March 31, 2021

    March 31, 2021

    After a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, Innovations in Research returns to spotlight SFU researchers and community partners who are advancing equity from across disciplines.


  • CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students.

  • In partnership with Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods.

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